- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 28, 2001

Japan envoy quitting in scandal aftermath
TOKYO — Japan's ambassador to the United States plans to resign to take responsibility for an embezzlement scandal involving the Japanese consul-general in Denver, a news report said yesterday.
Ambassador Shunji Yanai already has told Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi about his intention to step down, according to Kyodo News agency, which cited unidentified ministry sources.
Japanese Foreign Minister Makiko Tanaka may appoint Ryozo Kato, a deputy foreign minister, to replace him, Kyodo said.
Kyodo said Mr. Yanai felt responsible for the Foreign Ministry's dismissal of Makoto Mizutani, the Japanese consul-general in Denver, because he had recommended Mr. Mizutani to the post.

Macedonia, rebels resuming peace talks
SKOPJE, Macedonia — Macedonia's polarized politicians will resume peace talks today, officials said, after top European Union and NATO officials twisted their arms in a new bid to stave off civil war.
U.S. envoy James Pardew and EU negotiator Francois Leotard met Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski twice yesterday, their offices said, to discuss the most sticky issue — the future status of the Albanian language in the small Balkan republic.

Macapagal-Arroyo seeks probe of husband
MANILA — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo authorized a formal investigation yesterday into accusations that her husband received bribes in exchange for the recall of her veto of a telecommunications-franchise deal.
In her weekly news conference, Mrs. Macapagal-Arroyo said she has referred the accusations against her husband, lawyer Jose Miguel Arroyo, for investigation by Ombudsman Aniano Desierto, the chief government anti-corruption prosecutor.

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